Roulette wheel at casino. Photo Credit: Jordan Kartholl, The Star Press
Roulette wheel at casino. Photo Credit: Jordan Kartholl, The Star Press

How to Play Roulette: Rules, Odds, and Tipsđź’°

Roulette wheel
Roulette wheel

Roulette is one of the more popular casino games, because it is both easy to learn and offers a variety of ways to have action on the board. There is a lot that goes into this game before the exciting spin of the wheel.

We have put together this guide to help both new and experienced roulette players. We will cover the basics of how to play the game and offer tips to help you get ready to play at WynnBET’s online casino.

Roulette Basics

It is easy to spot the roulette table at a casino, and the concept is the same online. There is a wheel that features slots for numbers 1 through 36, in which the numbers are either red or black. There are one or two slots for zeroes, as well, which are green.

Players can place bets until the dealer closes the betting session. Once all bets are placed, the dealer spins the wheel and throws in a small, marble-sized ball into it that spins in the opposite direction. The ball will fall into one of the marked slots, determining which bets receive a payout.

You will receive a payout, if you have placed a bet that corresponds to the winning slot.

Types of Bets

Roulette bets table view
Roulette bets table view

Between betting on the outside and inside of the board, there are several different types of bets while playing roulette. Each bet has its own probability of hitting and different odds to reflect those percentages. Let’s break it down.

Outside Bets

An outside bet features all the options on the outer edge of the betting board. Half of the possible outcomes in a game of roulette are covered by outside bets. Because you have a higher chance of winning such bets, your payout isn’t as big as other wager options.

Examples of outside bets include:

  • Red or Black — This bet pays out even odds (1:1) if the ball lands on the roulette color you choose.

  • Odd or Even —  Another bet that pays out at even odds (1:1) if you correctly call the ball landing on an odd or even number.

  • Low or High — You are betting on whether the winning number will fall within 1-18 (low) or 19-36 (high). Both are even money bets.

  • Column — This is a bet on the outcome being a number within one of the three columns of 12 numbers than span the longest side of the roulette table. The first column covers 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34. The second column features 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35. The third column includes 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36. You receive a 2:1 payout (double your bet) by choosing the correct column.

  • Dozens — Another bet that covers a dozen numbers, these three selections are actually in numerical order. That means 1st 12 is numbers 1-12, 2nd 12 includes 13-24, and 3rd 12 covers 25-36. Each dozen pays 2:1, or double your bet.

Roulette Odds Breakdown For Outside Bets

Red or Black

  • Payout: 1:1

  • American roulette odds: 47.37%

  • European roulette odds: 48.65%

Odd or Even

  • Payout: 1:1

  • American roulette odds: 47.37%

  • European roulette odds: 48.65%

High or Low

  • Payout: 1:1

  • American roulette odds: 47.37%

  • European roulette odds: 48.65%

Column

  • Payout 2:1

  • American roulette odds: 31.6%

  • European roulette odds: 32.4%

Dozen

  • Payout 2:1

  • American roulette odds: 31.6%

  • European roulette odds: 32.4%

Roulette Odds Breakdown for Inside bets

Inside bets refer to specific numbers and sets of numbers on the inside of the roulette betting table. They have a lower chance of winning than outside bets, but they do have a larger payout. 

Examples of inside bets include:

  • Straight Up — This is bet on any number on the board. You win if the ball lands on your number, but lose if the ball lands on any other number. Each straight bet pays out 35:1.

  • Split — Instead of betting on one number, you are placing a bet on the line that separates the two numbers. If the ball lands on either number, you win. This pays out 17:1.

  • Corner — Similar to a split bet, though you get four numbers instead of two. These numbers have to touch (to form a square), but it pays out 8:1 if the ball lands on a number that falls within your quartet.

  • Street — You are betting on a row of three numbers, such as 1,2,3 or 4,5,6 on the inside of the board. The payout for the ball landing within your trio is 11:1.

  • Double Street or Line — Similar to street bets, but you are selecting two rows of three numbers instead of one. Examples include 1-6 and 4-9, in which the payoff is 5:1.

  • Basket — When a player chooses to place a bet covering the zero, double zero, and the top line of numbers, which are 1, 2 and 3. This five-number bet has a 6:1 payout.

Odds Breakdown For Inside Bets

Straight Bet

  • Payout: 35:1

  • American roulette odds: 2.6%

  • European roulette odds: 2.7%

Split Bet

  • 17:1

  • American roulette odds: 5.3%

  • European roulette odds: 5.4%

Corner Bet

  • Payout: 8:1

  • American roulette odds: 10.5%

  • European roulette odds: 10.8%

Street Bet

  • Payout: 11:1

  • American roulette odds: 7.9%

  • European roulette odds: 8.1%

Double Street Bet

  • Payout: 5:1

  • American roulette odds: 15.8%

  • European roulette odds: 16.2%

Basket Bet

  • Payout: 6:1

  • American roulette odds: 13.2%

  • European roulette odds: N/A

Online Roulette vs. Live Roulette 

You can play this popular game in person or online using your WynnBET casino app. It honestly just comes down to what you prefer as a casino player, because there are advantages and disadvantages to both options.

Live Roulette

If you are looking for more of a social setting, then this is the route to take. You can get dressed up and enjoy the company of other roulette players at the table. There is also something to be said about physically placing your bets, and having those chips in your hand at all times.

The obvious downside is that tables can get pretty crowded, particularly if you go to a casino on a weekend. This can be overwhelming to new players, but crowded tables can make it difficult to reach across the table to place bets.

Online Roulette

It can be extremely convenient to play roulette online, as you can do so without leaving the comfort of your home. You never have an issue of finding a spot at the table, and you don’t have to worry about reaching over anyone else to place your bets.

You can play at your own pace without feeling rushed by other players or by the dealer while playing online. You don’t have to deal with the smoky air that fills most casino rooms, and can play from your couch instead.

Players can miss out on the social aspect of playing at a casino, but online roulette has advantages in almost every other aspect.

Check out the different types of online roulette games for Michigan and New Jersey.

5 Roulette Tips To Consider Before Playing

Roulette wheel
Roulette wheel

1. Inside Bets are More Volatile

For this reason, the payoff is greater. Statistically, you will win more often by placing outside bets.

2. Don’t Bet Against Yourself

That means if you are going to bet on 12 for an inside bet, it doesn’t make sense to bet on the ball landing on an odd number. Switch the outside bet to an even number to increase your potential payout.

3. Practice Bankroll Management at All Times

Pay attention to minimum bets and understanding how much action you have on a given roll. You shouldn’t have your entire bankroll on one spin, especially if you are hoping to play for a longer period. Consider giving yourself a betting limit for a given day as well.

4. Pay Attention to Previous Rolls

This information is always available when playing roulette. You can see what numbers are hot, such as outside options like odd/even or red/black. Don’t let that be the only factor for placing bets, but having that information at your disposal can’t hurt.

5. Have Fun!

There is no perfect method to playing roulette. You can try to make as many decisions based on statistics or you can simply trust your gut. The important thing is to make sure you have fun while playing this popular game.